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Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Raptor: Call of the Shadows1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.91
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
RayCrisis: Series Termination1998Arcade, PlayStationWorking Designs...
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
Rayxanber1990FM TownsData West...
Rayxanber II1991TurboGrafx CDData West3.50
Rayxanber III1992TurboGrafx CDData West4.00
Reach for the Sky1986Commodore 16, Plus/4Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd.2.00
The Reap1997WindowsTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.89
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games2.58
Revenge of Defender1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSEpyx, Inc.4.23
Rhythm Destruction2014WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
River Raid1982Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, MSX, PC Booter, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.64
River Raid II1988Atari 2600Activision Publishing, Inc.3.15
Robo Aleste1992SEGA CDTengen Inc.3.40
Rocket Raid1983BBC MicroAcornsoft Limited...
RS-21990DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc.2.00
R-Type1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy, iPad, iPhone, J2ME, MSX, Nintendo 3DS, PC-88, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, ZX SpectrumElectric Dreams Software3.64
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.85
R-Type Dimensions2009Xbox 360Tozai, Inc.3.50
R-Type DX1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.33
R-Type Final2003PlayStation 2Eidos, Inc.3.86
R-Type I1988TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
R-Type II1989Amiga, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Game Boy, iPad, iPhoneIrem Corp.3.18
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Selected Covers

Robo Aleste SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Robo Aleste
Revenge of Defender Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Revenge of Defender
Rhythm Destruction Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rhythm Destruction
R-Type Final PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type Final

Selected Screenshots

Title screen. Looks a bit... communist
Screenshot from Rayxanber II
From the intro: A rainy day
Screenshot from Robo Aleste
title screen - MCGA/VGA
Screenshot from Revenge of Defender
Main menu
Screenshot from Rhythm Destruction